om·​ni·​bus | \ ˈäm-ni-(ˌ)bəs How to pronounce omnibus (audio) \

Definition of omnibus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually automotive public vehicle designed to carry a large number of passengers : bus took a seat on the omnibus
2 : a book containing reprints of a number of works (as of a single author or on a single subject) The omnibus contained all of the author's short stories.



Definition of omnibus (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or providing for many things at once
2 : containing or including many items an omnibus bill

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The adjective "omnibus" may not have much to do with public transportation, but the noun "omnibus" certainly does - it not only means "bus,"but it's also the word English speakers shortened to form "bus." The noun "omnibus" originated in the 1820s as a French word for long, horse-drawn vehicles that transported people along the main thoroughfares of Paris. Shortly thereafter, omnibuses - and the noun "omnibus" - arrived in New York. But in Latin, "omnibus" simply means "for all." Our adjective "omnibus," which arrived in the mid-1800s, seems to hark back to that Latin omnibus, though it may also have been at least partially influenced by the English noun. An "omnibus bill" containing numerous provisions, for example, could be likened to a bus loaded with people.

Examples of omnibus in a Sentence

Adjective an omnibus edition of his more popular stories the president's state of the union speech is usually an omnibus look at the issues that the country is confronting
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The legislation was also recently included in the state Senate's education omnibus bill — a great first step! Olivia Devaraj, Star Tribune, "Every Minnesota school should be 'seizure smart'," 27 Apr. 2021 Former President Barack Obama praised Major League Baseball for its decision to move the All-Star Game out of Georgia following the signing of an election reform omnibus bill. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Obama praises MLB for 'taking a stand' and moving All-Star Game from Atlanta," 3 Apr. 2021 The final product was a 98-page omnibus that increased voting access in some ways: expanding early voting in most counties and improving polling place signage. Los Angeles Times, "‘There is no middle ground’: Corporate America feels the pressure on voting rights," 2 Apr. 2021 To make this a reality, a healthcare company must review the entirety of HIPAA (privacy laws, omnibus, etc.) and make provisions to follow the regulations within their business. Rory Cooksey, Forbes, "The Use Of Technology And HIPAA Compliance," 12 Mar. 2021 The House passed its own elections omnibus bill, HB 531, on March 1. Quinn Scanlan, ABC News, "Overcoming Democratic opposition, Georgia Senate Republicans advance bill to end no-excuse absentee voting," 8 Mar. 2021 Jones’s omnibus bill includes the repeal of the bill of rights but also a body camera requirement, a use-of-force policy that bans chokeholds and restricts no-knock warrants, and other reforms. Washington Post, "Push for police reform creates rift in Maryland’s Democratic caucus," 10 Feb. 2021 The 5,593-page omnibus bill served multiple purposes. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Congress Is the Problem Child of American Democracy," 23 Dec. 2020 The roughly $900 billion aid package is attached to a $1.4 trillion omnibus to fund government operations through the end of the fiscal year, along with a bevy of other bills and tax breaks., "Trump Has a Week to Sign Massive Year-End Bill: Congress Update," 22 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Senate version of the omnibus bill passed 38-29. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, "Minnesota Bill Authorizing Direct Admission To College Moves Forward," 27 Apr. 2021 This includes laws that were newly enacted, such as the omnibus bill signed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on March 25, or those that have been in place for longer. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "What happens to states’ elections laws if HR 1 becomes law?," 25 Apr. 2021 The effort in state legislatures to enact new restrictions on voting has been distinctly Republican-led, but in Florida at least one lawmaker is bucking his party, not yet on board with the omnibus bill advancing through the Senate. Rick Klein, Averi Harper, ABC News, "Profound moment finds Biden in wake of Chauvin verdict: The Note," 21 Apr. 2021 The omnibus bill makes a multitude of changes to the way the state conducts its elections, including changes to voter identification requirements, altering mail-in voting, and reducing the time period between an election and a subsequent runoff. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Raffensperger claims Democrats barred him from testifying during election integrity hearing," 20 Apr. 2021 This week the measure was incorporated into a federal funds omnibus bill introduced at the State Capitol. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, "Minnesota music venues are still on hold, awaiting federal relief after website crash," 16 Apr. 2021 Instead of an omnibus bill, the bill was amended to largely address the police bill of rights. Washington Post, "Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights," 31 Mar. 2021 At the heart of the lawsuit is S.B. 202, the omnibus election bill that passed through the state legislature and was signed into law by Kemp on March 25. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Civil rights groups sue Georgia over election reform bill," 30 Mar. 2021 The Biden administration is reportedly contemplating major cuts in Medicare payments for prescription drugs to fund another enormous omnibus spending bill. Chris Pope, National Review, "Don’t Cut Seniors’ Drug Coverage to Fund Another Spending Spree," 29 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of omnibus


1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for omnibus

Noun and Adjective

French, from Latin, for all, dative plural of omnis

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“Omnibus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of omnibus

US : of, relating to, or including many things


om·​ni·​bus | \ ˈäm-ni-ˌbəs How to pronounce omnibus (audio) \
plural omnibuses

Kids Definition of omnibus

: bus

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